It almost seems counterintuitive that by putting essentially holes in your roof that it will become more efficient. I’m not specifically talking about just jamming holes in your roof any place but I’m talking about the mystery of ventilation. Ventilation helps create an equilibrium by exchanging warm air for cool air. Many people typically underestimate the importance of properly ventilating your roof. What does that mean? Ventilating your roof means choosing the right size and number of vents to properly exchange the air if efficiently from your attic to the outside. This is one aspect that’s wildly underestimated by not only consumers but professional in the business sometimes.

 

Why is it so important?

Ventilation not only exchanges outside air with the air that is trapped in your attic but it also prevents unsightly damage to your functioning roof. An example of the type of damage that will inevitably occur without proper ventilating will be the curling of shingles that you may have noticed on old roofs. Sometimes these roofs have asphalt shingles that curl because of the age. Simply they’ve been there for very long time and they have not been replaced. But all too often this is a telltale sign of a roof that has essentially baked the shingles on the roof and the curling that you’re seeing is due to an improperly ventilated roofing system. A roof that is not been properly ventilated creates a cascading effect of failures that start with the inefficient heating and cooling of your home and end with a multi-thousand dollar replacement that in all likelihood the insurance company will not cover. There are several components of your roofing system that need to work in concert in order for you to have that system work properly. All too often people that are not familiar with the roofing district consider the idea of a roofing system a bit silly. Sometimes relegating it meaning roofing to less than a system that it actually is.

There are many ways to protect yourself but the most important way to protect yourself is with information. Informing yourself with the perspective it will help you understand the components of a roof will certainly and inevitably keep you from making a large financial mistake in your future. Knowing what options you have to protect your asset your home your business is priceless. It’s very important to have a professional that understands in much more depth the importance and calculations that need to be made in order to have enough venting and locations on your roof for it to cool down. There have been some major innovations in this area over the last few years. One piece of ventilation technology that you might not know exist is a vent called a power vent. There are multiple variations on this innovation but the one that I find efficient and low cost over the long run is the solar power vent.

You might have already been able to guess because of its name yes it does have a solar panel and it is a standalone vent that runs off of the power that the sun produces for it. This is a small fan that will pull the damaging hot air out of your attic into the world at a way from your expensive roof. Reemphasizing that not only does it protect the materials on your roof it also again helps if efficiently heat and cool your home by keeping a balanced equalized temperature in a buffer zone like your attic. There is a very specific formula that should be used that I will not go into in this article to explain how many square feet you have versus how many vents should be placed on the roof. Some people believe these vents can be a bit unsightly and will underestimate the ventilation need. This is a mistake. When having the conversation with your roofer about the type of material you would like to have your roof replaced make sure that you have this very practical conversation about how they come to identifying the number of events your house will need. In the meantime if you’re looking for an experienced roofer to get your free roofing estimate done please don’t hesitate give us a call today.